Literary Legends


Fourth Annual Literary Legends Gala
Honoring Athena Lord
Honorary Co-Chairs: Maria Hazapis & Susan Novotny

October 21, 2017
7pm – 10pm
Albany Public Library – Bach Branch
455 New Scotland Avenue

Click here to purchase tickets online. Tickets are also available at all Albany Public Library Branches.

Click here to purchase Honorary Committee Tickets.


The Albany Public Library Foundation takes great pleasure in announcing Athena V. Lord as our Literary Legends honoree for 2017. The Library Foundation will celebrate Athena’s contributions to children’s literature and to the life of the City of Albany at our 4th Annual Literary Legends Gala.

Born in Cohoes, NY in 1932 to a Greek immigrant family, Athena moved to Albany, just around the corner from the old Harmanus Bleecker Library, at age six. A voracious reader as a child, the Library became a second home.

Athena V. Lord is the author of five books:

Pilot for Spaceship Earth: R. Buckminster Fuller, Architect, Inventor, and Poet (1978)
A Spirit to Ride the Whirlwind (1981)
Today’s Special: Z.A.P. and Zoe
The Luck of Z.A.P. and Zoe (1987)
Z.A.P., Zoe, and the Musketeers (1992).


Literary Legends is the Albany Public Library Foundation’s signature event. Literary Legends was created to showcase outstanding people of letters within our community.


2014: William Kennedy, Paul Grondahl and Amy Biancolli

2015: Gregory Maguire, Barbara Smith (More info)

2016: Marion Roach-Smith, Dr. Leonard Slade (More info)

The purpose of Literary Legends is two-fold:  to recognize outstanding local authors, illustrators and publishers for their extraordinary contributions to the art of letters and to raise needed funds for special programs and services provided by the Albany Public Library. Thank you for your support!